• NAA 2017 Best In Show Award
  • Iowa Gas and RPA Gear Up
  • NAA 2013 Best In Show Award
  • Rich Penn Auctions Wins Six Awards
  • Mosler Sample Safe - World Record Bid!
  • New York Times

Date added: 7/21/2017

NAA 2017 Best In Show Award

The Awards were presented by Scott Shuman, (L) NAA President
and Toussaint Hutchinson (R) of USA Today.

The Best In Show Award went to
the Iowa Gas Auction catalog for 2016.

Indianapolis: July 13, 2017 - Winners of the 2017 National Auctioneers Association Marketing Competition, presented in partnership with USA TODAY, have been announced. Three “Best in Show” honors emerged from among more than 850 entries.

Rich Penn, of Rich Penn Auctions, in Waterloo, Iowa, won “Best in Show — of all Advertising & PR – Print entries” for the “Iowa Gas Auction” catalog. The Awards were presented by Scott Shuman, NAA President and Toussaint Hutchinson of USA Today. Penn said, “What an honor! This is our second Best of Show Award and it’s humbling when your peers recognize you this way.” He added, “We work very hard to do the best marketing we can for the clients we serve. Winning an award like this is truly validation for all the hard work.” Penn won four other awards for their Personal Property and Antique catalogs and direct mail material. Rich Penn Auctions has been in business for nearly 20 years and has served clients nationwide.

All award recipients in the 2017 contest were formally recognized during the NAA Marketing Competition Awards Reception in Columbus, Ohio, at the 68th International Auctioneers Conference and Show, July 11-15. Recipients were presented with their awards at that time.

Overall, the annual NAA Marketing Competition, continues as the premier contest for NAA members to showcase their marketing efforts. The total number of entries again showed healthy member participation as seen over the past several years, and the quality level of those entries again was impressive. This year, top-level marketing efforts came forth from 22 states ranging nearly coast-to-coast.

The task of determining winners was given to a panel of marketing and advertising professionals who represent backgrounds in branding, promotion, media, public relations and graphic design. Judging criteria included considerations such as creativity, message, ad effectiveness, clarity and visual appeal.

Date added: 11/7/2014

Iowa Gas & Rich Penn Auctions Gear Up for August 2015

L-R: Ron Hoyt, Sharon Penn and Rich Penn

Ron Hoyt from the Iowa Gas Swap Meet and Rich & Sharon Penn made an important announcement at Penn's October Auction. “We're joining forces.” said Penn. “We'll be working with Ron and his partner John Logsdon to put on the auction at Iowa Gas in August of 2015 in Des Moines, IA.” Iowa Gas is widely known as the nation's biggest and best Gas & Oil Show and Auction. Rich Penn Auctions is known for putting on high quality auctions with a global following and also conducting them in Des Moines.

Ron Hoyt offered, “Rich and I have been talking for quite a while. When we talked at his October auction, Rich was showing me the over 2,000 bidders from over 40 countries. So when you look at our show in Des Moines, and Rich & Sharon coming from Waterloo, to do their auctions in Des Moines... it's like we're next door neighbors. He can bring the entire world to our Gas & Oil people.” Penn added, “We've known Ron for a long time and we've been coming to the show for years. It seemed like a natural fit. Sharon and I are both excited about it. So is our auction crew.” John stated, “It 's our intention to keep Iowa Gas the biggest and best. We feel it's absolutely necessary to offer our buyers and sellers the best possible experience. When we make changes for Iowa Gas...that's always our main concern. After researching options we decided this was the best choice and will enhance the auction experience for everyone at the show.”

Penn has been in the auction business since 2000 and was one of the first auction houses to introduce online live bidding. Their following is now world wide. Penn belongs to both the National Auctioneer's Association and the Iowa Auctioneers Association. His company has won dozens of National awards for their marketing and advertising. “We're looking forward to shifting into a new level of activity for Iowa Gas,” said Penn, “We're fueling up for the long haul and we've already started lining up consignments for this auction.” He went on, “We don't have as much room in this auction as we do in our 1,500 – 2,000 lot auctions. So we expect it will fill up quickly.”

Interested participants should contact Rich Penn or Ron Hoyt.

Rich Penn 319-291-6688 or
Ron Hoyt 515-276-2099 or

For more info coming soon:

Date added: 07/17/2013

NAA 2013 Best In Show Award

Date added: 05/16/2011

Press Release: May 16, 2011

Today the National Aucitoneers Association (NAA) announced that Rich Penn Auctions will be given six first place USA Today awards for Penn's marketing programs in 2010.

NAA Awards Release Page


view largerDate added: 05/06/2011

Mosler Sample Safe - World Record Bid!

Auctioneer Jodi Sweeney assists Fred Van Metre catch the winning world record bid of $35,000 for the salesman's sample Mosler safe. The safe sold at The Rich Penn Auction Event for the Wayne & Shirley Woodrum collection. Over 400 in house bidders and over a thousand online bidders, from 15 countries, competed for the 1,500 + lots just sold at the Dayton Expo Center May 5, 6 & 7.


Date added: 04/28/2011

America Illuminated

The saleroom lights are likely to have to be dimmed during three days of auctions in Ohio next week, so the auctioneer will not be blinded by the lots: about 500 neon clocks, from the collection of the clock repairman Wayne Woodrum.

For previews starting Thursday, Rich Penn Auctions will hang the timepieces on pegboards around an expo center near Dayton. The clocks, mainly made between the 1930s and ’50s, advertise now-obscure products with slogans like “White Oak Smokeless Coal, the Suns Only Rival” and “Red Goose Shoes, They’re Half the Fun of Having Feet.”

Mr. Woodrum has been fixing, collecting and selling clocks for four decades, trolling flea markets with his wife and two children. “And sometimes we’d even take the dog,” he said during a recent phone interview. As the proprietor of Wayne’s Neon Clocks in New Carlisle, Ohio, he received phone calls from owners of decrepit commercial strips who had just made discoveries on their roofs.

The callers, he said, would announce: “There’s an old clock laying up here. If you want it, come and get the thing.” He has also studied the history of neon-clock manufacturers. They would offer unconditional guarantees for repairs and replace a clock that had been stolen. “Interstate highways put them out of business,” he said; the neon slogans were no longer legible from the road. Every time he thinks he has encountered all of the clock models in existence, he said, “As soon as I go ’round the corner, there’ll be something I run across, something I’ve never heard of before, just sitting on someone’s table as if it were as common as a pair of shoes.”

The clocks are mostly expected to bring a few thousand dollars each. Values are higher for faces with spinning wheels, and hands and numerals that light up. Multiple layers of concave glass can also increase prices, in certain regions. “A lot of folks in the Carolinas,” he said, “just went nuts over double-bubbles.”


Published: April 28, 2011

New York Times: Original Source